Dateline Rice for Dec. 6, 2012


Houston-area college degrees slowly rise
The Houston metropolitan area is seeing a gradual but steady increase in the number of residents attaining college degrees, yet it still ranks near the bottom nationally, newly released census data show. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)

Is Rice University going to the dogs? Pet therapy helps students cope with stress of final exams
Rice University students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week. Kerry Keck, assistant university librarian, is quoted.


Top ed-tech companies gather at the 2012 SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum
David Alviar, assistant director of communications and operations for Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, and Rice’s OpenStax College textbook initiative are mentioned in an article about the SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum.

Four Indian Americans named 2013 Marshall Scholars
Sid Richardson College senior Rahul Rekhi is one of 34 students across the U.S. selected for a 2013 Marshall Scholarship.
Pioneer (India) (This article also appeared on,,,,,,, and

National Oilwell deputizes ‘jocks’ as CEO reduces role
Alumnus Jeremy Thigpen ’97 was named CFO of National Oilwell Varco.

A new (kind of) scholarly press
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Amherst College Press.
Inside Higher Ed


James Turrell’s Skyspace, Houston
An article discusses the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice.
Texas Monthly (subscription required)

Watch ‘em all: Rice Gallery videos now available on ArtBabble
Videos from the Rice Gallery are now available on ArtBabble.

Acclaimed Children’s Chorus performs Dec. 15 and 22
The Houston Children’s Chorus will perform a holiday concert at Rice Dec. 15.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in Greater Houston Weekly and the River Oaks Examiner.)

Mad Men meets Houston’s past: Heritage Society adds a ’60s touch to 50th annual Candlelight Tour
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned in an article about the Houston Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour.

Advanced Placement Scholars announced
McMurtry College freshman Austin Hudelson is mentioned in a news brief about Liberty Christian School students.
Denton Record Chronicle


Exploding killer plasmonic nanobubbles!
Seeking to find a way to kill diseased cells and treat others in the same sample at the same time, researchers at Rice University developed tunable plasmonic nanobubbles that, when activated by a laser pulse, leave neighboring healthy cells untouched. Dmitri Lapotko, faculty fellow in biochemistry and cell biology and physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Nanobubbles for medicine

When will your phone battery last as long as your Kindle?
An article about improving smartphone battery life mentions Rice battery research.


Teen abuse of prescription drugs on the rise
The abuse of prescription drugs by teens is rising and parents may be partially responsible, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Gary Hale, a nonresident fellow in drug policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Savannah goes colorblind
Research by Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is cited in an article about the "Colorblind March" in Savannah, Ga.
Savannah Tribune (Ga.)

Breaking the all boys club
Rice research is cited in an article about corruption and women in politics.


McDonald caps senior year with conference honor, Senior Bowl invite
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald was one of 14 Rice Owls football players named to All-Conference USA teams.

Under-the-radar prospects other owners may not know about
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is mentioned in an article about underrated Major League Baseball draft picks.
USA Today

Berkman on radar, but Astros’ focus is ‘rule five’ draft
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman is mentioned in an article about Major League Baseball draft options.

The 20 worst first-round draft picks in MLB history
Former Rice baseball player Matt Anderson is included in a slideshow of Major League Baseball draft picks.

Bruins bring champion pedigree to Classic
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 2011 National Prep Classic boys’ basketball tournament.
Santa Maria Times (Calif.)

Gallatin County rolls past Crab Orchard
Rice is mentioned in an article recapping a Gallatin County High School boys’ basketball game.
Marion Daily Republican (Ill.)

About Patrick McLaughlin

Patrick McLaughlin is a news assistant in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs. Patrick is responsible for production of the daily newsletter Dateline Rice and maintaining databases of metrics of mentions of Rice in the news media.